A STREET cleaner swept the board after being named as a valued member of the community by schoolchildren.
Chris Hobson is the first person to be given a Gold Award by the pupils of Lindley Infants School.
The children wanted to thank him for his hard work in making Lindley a clean and tidy place.
So they made him the first recipient of one of their community awards, which will be presented to people who work to achieve betters things for Lindley.
Teacher Jane Hardcastle said: “Our children regularly received gold certificates for keeping the school’s golden rules.
“The school council decided to design a gold award that recognised people who live and work in our local community and show them that they are valued.
“They drew up a list of people who help to make Lindley a better place to live and work. They had seen Mr Hobson keeping our streets clean and tidy, but they didn’t know his name.
“They wanted him to be the first person to receive the award, so two children contacted Rashied Patel at the cleaning department to ask him for is help in tracing Mr Hobson.”
Mr Patel arranged for Mr Hobson to visit the East Street school, meet the children and receive the award.
Miss Hardcastle added: “During his visit to the school the children thanked Mr Hobson for all his hard work in keeping the streets clean and asked him questions about his job.
“They told him how careful they were not to drop litter.
“Mr Hobson seemed pleased to have his work recognised and the children thoroughly enjoyed showing him that he is a valued members of our local community.”